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RBC Heritage named full-field event for 2013 season

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC (WTOC) -

RBC Heritage tournament director Steve Wilmot announced at the event's media day Monday that due to changes to the tour schedule, the Heritage field will grow from 132 to 144 players, making it a full-field event this year.

It will be a one-year change to accommodate the PGA Tour's switch to a fall start to the season beginning with 2013-14.

More players means more golf at Harbour Town.

Players will be on the course for about an hour longer both weekend days when the field plays in twosomes and 40 extra minutes during the first two rounds when play is in threesomes.

And, while more golf creates a greater value for anyone buying a ticket, it does create some new considerations for those running the Heritage.

"This means everything from 12 more lockers, 12 more caddies, 12 more spaces on the driving range, everything,'' said Wilmot. "An hour extra of play creates an hour extra of bus transportation and an extra hour of transportation volunteers. And you're talking about 12 players, but you're also talking families. So you could potentially have more, which is an expensive thing. But we're willing to do whatever we can to keep operating the best event possible.''

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